Daniel Radcliffe gives generously to the Trevor Project

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Daniel RadcliffeDaniel Radcliffe, the popular young actor who plays the title character in the Harry Potter films, gave a generous donation to the Trevor Project, which focuses on crisis and suicide prevention for LGBT youth.

“I am very pleased to begin my support of The Trevor Project, which saves lives every day through its critical work,” said Daniel Radcliffe. “It’s extremely distressing to consider that in 2009 suicide is a top three killer of young people, and it’s truly devastating to learn that LGBTQ youth are up to four times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers. I deeply hope my support can raise the organization’s visibility so even more despondent youth become aware of The Trevor Helpline’s highly trained counselors and Trevor’s many other resources. It’s vitally important that young people understand they are not alone and, perhaps even more important, that their young lives have real value.”

“We’re incredibly grateful to Daniel for his truly inspiring and historic generosity and support,” said Charles Robbins, executive director and chief executive officer, The Trevor Project. “He is setting a meaningful example for millions of young people around the world by embracing diversity and demonstrating that he cares deeply about the well-being of LGBTQ youth.”

After becoming aware of The Trevor Project and its mission, Radcliffe decided to become involved with the organization. His involvement began with financial support to assist The Trevor Project’s programmatic efforts. Moving forward, Radcliffe anticipates taking additional steps to help further broaden awareness of the organization.

The Trevor Project was founded by three filmmakers whose film, “Trevor,” which told the story of a gay teenager who tries to commit suicide, received the 1994 Academy Award for Best Short Film (Live Action). Trailer below:

Post by ILO on 08/10/09 at 12:35 pm